Finally the London Olympics does something that looks good: Paul Smith stamps.

While O2 prepares to create the largest free wi-fi zone covering all of London during the Olympics and some designers are still threatening suicide over how ugly the London Olympics graphics are, Paul Smith snuck in a special stamp that looks just as sleek as the Otl Aicher München Olympics graphics. The stamps are designed for the Isle of Man Post Office, and are inspired by Paul Smith's freind the Olympic cyclist, and Isle of Man native, Mark Cavendish. Way to raise the bar there Paul.

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Madge billboard mocked by pizza billboard

Remember the "Madge" billboard that milked a woman to poo-poo GM food? Here's an interesting image of a Madge-billboard in situ, next to another billboard showing happy ppizza.bakers about to shove a pizza-bun into.. er..

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TD Ameritrade: "Karen & Jeremiah" 2012, USA

 TD Ameritrade: "Karen & Jeremiah"  2012, USA

TD tells us how simple life is, in a very Wes Anderson in spired way. Except for the music choice. Had it been The Kinks, The Sonics or some obscure mid 60's band, then it would have been more Anderson-esque.

 

The Anti Drugs Timeline - Facebok stunt by Israel Anti-drug authority

The Anti Drugs Timeline - Facebok stunt by Israel Anti-drug authority

McCann Israel uses the Facebook timeline to show two lives. One with drugs, and one without - a sort of "sliding doors" in social media. Neat stunt that drives the point home, life is better without drugs.

 

Happy holidays from Organic, Droga5 and the angry designers tired of making Holiday cards.

This year, the ad agency Xmas cards are a little nut. The one where you'll see the most naked man leg is the innocent-sounding Ugly sweater from Organic, where everyone at Organic pose in their ugliest holiday sweater. And nothing else. Oh dear. Thank you for the pixels.

The Droga5 christmas card is more of a ... press release. Of course, this made me laugh out loud. so points guys. Well played.

Droga5 today announced its selection of McGarryBowen as the advertising agency of record for its holiday card business. The hard-fought win caps a stellar growth year for Dentsu-owned McGarryBowen. The agency will handle lead creative duties for the Droga5 holiday card account.

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Canon "exactly what you shot" ad in PDN magazine #fail

Photographer Rick Lohre was momentarily confused when he thumbed through the latest issue of PDN (Photo District News) magazine and came across this ad. It didn't seem to make sense and he thought to himself ; "Wow that's weird, Canon is promoting 'Document Photography'?".

No, they're not, it's a two page ad idea, shot down by the incessant subscription papers that are jammed into magazines at approx. every second page. We all know why those are there, as long the magazine can say X people subscribe, they can sell their attractive ad-space for Y. How ironic that annoying pice of paper should ruin a rather expensive print ad.

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An update on the Adland donation drive - and a massive thank you to all of you.

We've raised $1,287.15 for the $2,658.50 so far, but that's not even the best news here. The best news is that so many of you care enough to retweet and donate and post blog posts and tell your friends. I honestly wasn't expecting this much love, and I am humbled by it.

@Adfreak asked everyone to please help save us, @agencyspy put a link in their tuesday morning stir to longtime adgrunt Purplesimon's appeal post. I didn't ask @purplesime to do that, and I didn't ask @imperica to post this appeal post either. I'm grateful they both did. Turns out that Imperica have a good grasp of how much I do here (read: everything), and some readers revealed they had no idea. Thus came the tweets showing me building hardware (acme, apex and acme again) which was quite fun for a bit. At least for me. :)

Even the End days of advertising joined in making a special sarcastic toon just for adland. Sweet.

And to top it all off, my ex-ex hosting place Memset contacted me over twitter to see if they can help. They must have forgiven me for almost taking down their network a few superbowls ago.

And today, Amazon in Ireland phoned us up, they've not just extended the deadline, they're going to help figure out how to make a better setup that won't cost a fortune each month.

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The "Save Adland" long copy poster (large view) #saveadland

I'm not listing this under spec work because I approve of this execution. However there' s no actual paid for media that this ran in. @Adzlamb saw our server fee troubles, and put this together to help out.

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